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Three Questions: Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan

Australia has recently launched a business events bid fund, and the first meeting it will support, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, will both be bringing 2,000 delegates to Melbourne in 2021 and deliver AU$9.4 million to Victoria’s economy. John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, answers three questions about his country’s approach to meetings. From Boardroom…

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Government Bidding: Australia’s AU$12m National Bid Fund

The announcement of the Australian Government’s AU$12 million national bid fund is a major turning point for the business events industry. Tourism Australia’s unit Business Events Australia will oversee the fund, which has been made possible in no small part by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia Still Losing International Business Events

The number of international business events won for Australia continues to decline, according to new data from the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The latest edition of the AACB’s Forward Calendar showed bid wins at 361, down from 396 six months ago. But delegate numbers and associated delegate spend is up. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia’s Meetings Industry Welcomes New National Bid Fund

The announcement of Tourism Australia’s new AU$12 million business events bid fund has been unanimously welcomed across the country’s meetings industry. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape and help reverse a decline in Australia’s international ranking and market share. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia Announces AU$12m Business Events Bid Fund

Tourism Australia has launched a AU$12m national fund to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and exhibition events. The announcement was made by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo in Melbourne. The fund allows Australia to compete more aggressively with destinations already operating bid funds. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Sydney Helps New South Wales Lead in Association Conferences

The reopening of major facilities in Sydney has made New South Wales once again most popular Australian destination for professional association conferences, according to Conference Monitor. 389 such events were held there in 2017, up 38 percent on 2016. 325 were held in Victoria and 302 in Queensland, the most popular in 2016. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Centres: The Gateway to What Lies Beyond

Today convention centres have to take a broader approach to the meetings sector, offering organisers a gateway to the cities and regions in which they are located. Some are effectively convention bureaux in their own right. Just how the role of major venues is changing is revealed across the thriving Australian scene. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia’s Lost Events Up Despite International Growth

Australia is losing more international conference bids despite a modest increase in the number of overseas events heading to the country. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has released its latest Forward Calendar of International Business Events, which shows lost business is up 7 percent, despite wins being up 3 percent. From CIM News Magazine…

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Visa System “Losing” Australia Large Business Events

Australia’s costly and complex visa system means the country loses large business events to Asian rivals, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Visa costs are in particular making price-conscious incentive organisers look elsewhere, the organisation says. The AACB is calling for an approach favouring high-yield low-risk business travellers. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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20 February 2018

AIME, Melbourne, Australia

AIME – Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo – is the leading exhibition for the meetings, incentives and events industry. As the largest international event of its kind in Australia, each year the exhibition unites a community of over 4,000 suppliers and meetings and events planners under one roof in Melbourne. With an exceptional Hosted Buyer® program, AIME welcomes valuable association…

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Australian Millennials Driving Live Events

Nine in ten Australian millennials have attended a live event in the last twelve months, according to new research from technology platform Eventbrite. Ninety percent of Australians also believe it’s essential for people to meet face-to-face to effect positive change. Eighty percent thought live events offered a wider perspective than online content. From CIM News Magazine…

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Fresh Thinking on Food

With edible legacy stories elsewhere on The Iceberg – the San Diego Convention Center (Features) and the ICC Sydney (JMIC Case Studies and here) – please tuck into some fresh thinking on meetings food and beverage. The sharing trend, interactivity, using dieticians, accommodating dietary requirements… all palates are catered for. From CIM News Magazine…

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